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Huxley, A: The Devils of Loudun

Aldous Huxley

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In 1634 Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. Huxley's vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world.

Aldous Huxley was born on 26 July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel,
Crome Yellow (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by
Antic Hay (1923),
Those Barren Leaves (1925) and
Point Counter Point (1928) – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society. For most of the 1920s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in
Along the Road (1925). The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work
Brave New World (published in 1932, this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress') and the pacifist novel
Eyeless in Gaza (1936) were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as
Music at Night (1931) and
Ends and Means (1937). In 1937, at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction (
Time Must Have a Stop,1944, and
Island, 1962) and non-fiction (
The Perennial Philosophy, 1945;
Grey Eminence, 1941; and the account of his first mescaline experience,
The Doors of Perception, 1954). Huxley died in California on 22 November 1963.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Erscheinungsdatum 07.04.2005
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-09-947776-1
Verlag KNV Besorgung
Maße (L/B/H) 19.8/12.9/2.7 cm
Gewicht 286 g

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